Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published June 22, 2010

If things like golabki, kielbasa and pierogis get your mouth watering, keep your calendar clear for August 28 and your belt loose.

The second Polish Pierogi Festival will be an all-day affair.

St. Marguerite d’Youville Church will be the center of the Polish universe in metro Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 28, when fans of pierogi and polka music descend on the Lawrenceville church at 85 Gloster Road. The indoor and outdoor fun starts at 1 p.m. and wraps up at 8 p.m. All proceeds from the Pierogi Festival will benefit the Polish Apostolate in the archdiocese.

There will be magic shows, live music, vendors with Polish and European products, children’s activities, pierogi T-shirts and lots of other goodies.

Patrons are invited to bring a blanket or a lawn chair to enjoy the programs outside the parish hall.

Food tickets start at $1 and can be purchased in advance at (Be advised: Last year’s inaugural festival was a sellout.) For information, visit the website or call (770) 448-5222. The festival also has a Facebook page.

There has been a change in leadership with local religious sisters.

Dominican Sister Joan McCann has stepped down as the vicar for consecrated life, the liaison between the Atlanta Archdiocese and the communities of nuns and sisters serving in various ministries in North Georgia.

Sister Margaret McAnoy, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be the new leader. Sister Margaret is a chaplain at the Saint Joseph Health System in Atlanta and a spiritual director of the Cursillo movement in the archdiocese.

There are close to 90 sisters living and working here, according to figures from the archdiocese.

Father Giles Conwill, a history professor at Morehouse College, is giving the keynote address at the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus Annual Conference.

The conference, meeting in St. Louis, is gathering black Catholic priests, seminarians, deacons and sisters for a few days of conversation and reflection. The topic of the gathering is “Status of the Black Church Today.”

Father Conwill is a priest with the Diocese of San Diego, Calif., and teacher at the men’s college in Atlanta. The conference is July 25 to 28.

Parishioners at Mary Our Queen Church, Norcross, are hosting pilgrims from the former St. Gerard Church, Buffalo, N.Y.

Close to 20 visitors are scheduled to be here for a visit. They are visiting the site where the local parish has proposed moving St. Gerard Church.

This 99-year-old marble statue of St. Gerard brought to Georgia from a Buffalo, N.Y., church was restored by an Atlanta master craftsman after it was damaged during the unveiling April 3. The restored statue was installed in Mary Our Queen Church, Norcross, April 18.

Leaders at Mary Our Queen Parish hope to dismantle, piece by piece, St. Gerard Church, which was closed in 2008, and then rebuild it here. The price tag is some $15 million.

A special liturgy will be celebrated in Georgia on Aug. 22 to welcome the people of St. Gerard’s as well as Buffalonians who now live in the Atlanta area.

The parish has planned a light dinner and a reception for the guests for Saturday evening, Aug. 21. The next day the guests plan to attend 11 a.m. Mass followed by a reception in Kiernan Hall. The church is located at 6260 The Corners Parkway, Norcross.